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Crested Butte Winter 20/21 Operations Update

September 29, 2020

Crested Butte is scheduled to open for the winter 2020/21 season on November 25th. While we are all dreaming of epic powder days this winter, there is some more planning that needs to be done to have a stress free season.

New protocols are now in place to keep you and your families safe this winter while enjoying your vacation. The biggest change this year is the reservation system.

Reservation System

  • Pass holders will be required to make a reservation before arriving at the mountain.
  • Throughout the season, pass holders will be able to make as many week-of reservations as their pass type and availability allow. 
  • The early season will be reserved for pass holders only. We will not sell lift tickets until Dec. 8. 
  • In addition to week-of reservations, we will also be providing pass holders with the opportunity to book up to seven Priority Reservation Days for the core season (Dec. 8-April 4), or as many days of access as they have on their pass if less than seven. The booking window for Priority Reservation Days will open Nov. 6 and will be exclusive to pass holders until Dec. 7. 
  • As pass holders use their Priority Reservation Days, they can book new ones, maintaining up to seven (or however many days of access are remaining on their pass) at any time. In addition, pass holders can always make as many week-of reservations as they choose (or however many days of access are remaining on their pass).
  • Lift tickets (including Buddy and SWAF tickets) will go on sale on Dec. 8, with sales limited based on the number of spaces available for any given day after our exclusive pass holder reservation period. This season, lift tickets will be sold with a reservation for a specific resort on a specific date.
  • Given the need to manage lift tickets sales, they will only be sold on our websites and through our call centers. You may only pick up your pre-purchased lift ticket at our ticket windows.

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Physical Distancing

  • To maintain physical distancing on our chairlifts and gondolas, we will only be seating related parties (guests skiing or riding together) or: two singles on opposite sides of a four-person lift; two singles or two doubles on opposite sides of a six-person lift; or two singles on opposite sides of our larger gondola cabins.
  • Vail is committed to opening all on-mountain restaurants. Food options in quick-serve restaurants will be limited and larger sit-down restaurants will be reconfigured to have a cafeteria-style approach. Seating capacity will be reduced in all restaurants and will be monitored.
  • All payments on the mountain will be cashless. 
  • Rental shops will be open this year with a strict limit on how many guests can be in the shop as well as face coverings will be required at all times. All equipment will be thoroughly sanitized before use. 
  • Ski and Ride School will remain open with some slight changes. Group lessons will be maxed out at 6 people. For ages 5-6, those groups will be maxed out at 4 people and for younger riders, they will only be offered as a one-on-one. 

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